From a sombre opening that shows off singer Jack Bourke’s velvety baritone voice, the track quickly bursts forth into a blissfully boppy anthem driven by exhaustion and madness. Inspired by the struggle of balancing a day job and touring commitments, the track rebels from the 9-to-5 with a sense of newfound power.
Of recording the track, Bourke explained “We were running late-night recording sessions during the middle of the week when we all had work the following morning, and we were all just emotionally exhausted by the end. Not to let an opportunity go to waste, we really tried to capture that sense of madness in the final chorus.” For a track motivated by fatigue, however, it’s surprisingly energetic, saturated with a formidable combination of driven drums, post-punk bass, melodic guitars and Bourke’s repeated cries of “I’m the one who wants your blood.”
It’s the first hint that their follow-up to celebrated debut album In A Restless House is on its way, and their national tour, which encompasses six capital cities, will showcase their brand new material for the first time. Set to expand on the themes of their debut, Bourke has also shared that some songs on the upcoming record mark a clear departure from their previous work. If the ecstatically punchy ‘Blood’ is anything to go by, we look forward to hearing what all of City Calm Down’s hard work will lead to next.